Washington, D.C. hosts hundreds of interns every year. UC Davis students have interned at over 200 organizations throughout the D.C. metro area, and they’re not just on Capitol Hill: students have interned at international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), scientific and medical institutions, museums, regulatory agencies – and the list goes on. The Washington Program can help you find an internship that is of value to you, no matter what your major is.

How does the internship search work?

Finding an internship is an integral part of the Washington Program. The staff at the UC Washington Center in D.C. work closely with program participants to help them find an internship that fits their educational goals and interests.

Students are expected to perform much of the internship search themselves, in particular:

  • Researching Internships
  • What internships are available during the quarter they are registered to go to D.C.?
  • Prepare applications
  • Send out their applications
  • Prepare for the interview, including scheduling
  • Accept an internship offer

Finding an Internship

The section here will detail common brainstorming tactics as well as tips on how to find the internship of your dreams. 

Internship Responsibilities 

Interns carry a variety of responsibilities, including researching, writing, attending, and reporting on congressional hearings. Furthermore, students may be responsible for general office organization and upkeep, database management, meeting attendance, and note-taking, and much more. The most successful interns are competent at working individually or in group settings, and are committed to learning as much as possible from the experience.


During the academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring), students are required to earn academic credit by interning at an organization for three to four days a week (24-32 hours). In addition to the internship, students are expected to complete academic and research obligations in the form of the required 4 credit research seminar during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters

During the summer, students can choose to earn academic credit by interning at an organization 4 to 5 days a week (32-40 hours). They can also choose to do the internship for NO academic credit, but the time commitment remains the same.

Most internships are unpaid. Any stipend or other financial agreements are the responsibility of the student to negotiate with the internship supervisor.

Internships with Early Deadlines

Because of criteria such as security clearance and background checks, some internship deadlines occur before the Washington Program deadlines. These organizations include the Department of State, Department of Defense, and the White House.